Category: Sound & Multimedia
Caution Level: Safe
Operating System: Windows NT 4, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Latest Version / Release Date: 5.1.2535 / 31 Mar 2008
The Vortex Multifunction PCI Parent is a sound card that has good sound quality and 3D performance. It also makes low noise which makes it suitable for studio work wherein an external input jack can be used. It has 64 hardware which can go up to 512 more with software mixing and the standard instrument is 4Mb. The Vortex Multifunction PCI Parent is specially made to do A3D 2.0 which has a general purpose of Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) is a specialized microprocessor which takes some of the workload off the computer's CPU performance by helping in the calculations for analog and digital conversions. It can also process channels or multiple sounds simultaneously. A sound card has its own processor that could help in faster processing of data.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
Other connections include: multiple speaker connections for 3D and surround sound, Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) which is a file transfer protocol for audio data and it uses either coaxial and optical connections, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) which is used to connect synthesizers and other electronic instruments to computers, and FireWire and USB connections which help connect digital audio and video recorders to sound cards. 3D sound is used by design gamers since it provides fast-paced and dynamic sound that changes the position of the player in the game. It also allows realistic sound travel. Like the graphics card, the sound card makes use of software that can help communicate with other applications as well as the other parts of the computer. It also needs an application program interfaces (APIs) which help set the rules and standards than can make it easier for the software to communicate with the sound card. The most common APIs include: DirectSound by Microsoft, Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX) and Open AL by Creative, MacroFX by Sensaura, and QSound by QSound Labs. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Vortex Multifunction PCI Parent errors before installing any driver updates.